Abuja lawyer, Mr. Eburu Ekwe Barth who was cited for contempt and sent to Kuje Prison for contempt of court has been released.
His Worship Hon Ibrahim Mohammed set aside the remand order following the intervention of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Abuja branch.
The statement issued by the NBA branch reads in part:
The Nigerian Bar Association Abuja (Unity Bar) is happy to inform you that following our intervention, His Worship Hon Ibrahim Mohammed granted an application to have the Contempt Order set aside. The release warrant has been signed and our colleague is going to be released before the close of work today.
This incident has however, exposed the level of decadence in the system, particularly the attitude of some lawyers towards the court which leaves much to be desired. It further calls for the need to strengthen the bar and bench relations so as to curtail the reoccurrence of such matters in the future.
Meanwhile, the branch committee on Young Lawyers Mentoring and Pupillage has been directed to come up with a work plan to address this recurring issue.
Once again we thank you all for your solidarity.
Prince Adebiyi Adetosoye
Secretary NBA Abuja
Long live the Nigerian Bar Association Abuja, (Unity Bar).